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July 21, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks July 17 with Air Force personnel at Joint Base Charleston near Charleston, S.C., on the last day of a three-day trip to visit bases in the Carolinas and Florida. When Hagel told civilian Department of Defense workers on the base that job furloughs, which have forced a 20 percent pay cut on most of the militay's civilian workforce, will likely continue next year, and that it make it even worse, the audience softly gasped in surprise and gave a few depressed low whistles. He said that if the department has to absorb another $52 billion in cuts next year because of the federal sequester, there will likely be layoffs instead of furloughs.